My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice

Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Disbelief is everywhere. There are people who don’t believe that Niel Armstrong walked on the moon. Or that the earth is round. Or, worse, that Jesus was the son of God.

Whether we believe in something or not does not affect if it is true. If I convince myself that “2+2=5”, it doesn’t change the fact that it is false. The Jews had convinced themselves of a whole bunch of things that turned out to not be true. They thought that because they had Abraham as their father, that they were better than other men. They believed that when their Messiah came, that he would establish an earthly kingdom in Jerusalem.

Why did they believe these things, but didn’t believe that Jesus was God? Because they were sheep that did not hear their shepherd’s voice. As a result, they were lost in the wilderness.

We hear our shepherd’s voice today through the Scriptures, and we hear it through the Sacraments. And what is He telling us? That we are forgiven, that we are safe in His hand, and that we can look forward to eternal life!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Today’s sermon is based on these passages from John 10:

22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

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